University of London (UoL)

UCL Building - part of the University of London

UCL Building – part of the University of London

University of London (UoL) was created in 1836 when it received its Royal charter. It was created by the University College London (UCL) and Kings College London (its 2 founding members).

The university is quite unique as its individual colleges could easily be classed and some of them have been classed as universities themselves. Graduate from the University of London is able to use ‘Lond’ after their degree abbreviations.

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The University of London consists of a number of different colleges, these include:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • The Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • City University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London (GUL)
  • Heythrop College (HEY)
  • Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)
  • Institute of Education (IoE)
  • King’s College London (KCL)  -founding college
  • London Business School (LBS)
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
  • Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)
  • Royal Academy of Music (RAM)
  • Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)
  • Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • St George’s, University of London, formerly St George’s Hospital Medical School (SGUL)
  • The School of Pharmacy, University of London
  • University College London (UCL) -founding college
  • University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)

The university also has 10 specialised research institutes and over 120 thousand students study. The university also offers international students the opportunity to gain a degree from the university via its distance learning programme (50,000 students are studying on the international programme). More information about studying at London can be found here:

Although the University of London is classed as a university in its own right UCAS allows applicants to apply to 5 of its colleges as they are considered as separate institutions.

University of London Rankings

The university has many of its colleges ranked highly in different ranking league tables. The Times 2012 rankings rate 2 of its colleges in the top 20 of British universities whilst the Complete University Guide ranks 4 in the top 20 in 2012.

For more information about the University of London see it the reviews of its individual colleges.

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The information contained on this page was correct at time of publish and does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of London for more information please see their website.

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